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Hi all,
I feel bad for not utilizing this forum to the fullest even though I had the chace :oops:

(I lost the printouts I took when I registered for the GMAT appointment. Thankfully, I have my GMAT-ID.
Can someone tell me how to take those prints again?)

My GMAT appointment is scheduled for this Friday morning. I wanted to take up the exam before the pattern changed. However, my preparation hasn't been up to the mark. The last time I took the GMATPrep test, I scored a mere 380. I was so disappointed, I just buried myself behind the books.
I haven't take one ever since. (Big mistake!!)
I am really scared about taking another mock test, but I'll take one tonight.

Can somebody please answer the following questions?

1. What are the essential documents I need to carry with me to the center?

2. Can I carry my own headphones to the exam center?


I know I am asking all these a bit too late and I'm sorry if this is a re-post, I'm very tensed about the exam so couldn't sit down to search the forum. I will be more disciplined in the forum as I will be retaking my GMAT in 4 months.


Thanks,
Harish

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Dear harishkunal,

I happy to offer what help I can. :)

Man, my heart goes out to you. You are in a rough place --- it's good that you recognize your own role in creating this problematic situation, so you don't recreate it at some point in the future.

First of all:
1) ID needed at the test center ---
According to http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/test-day/pr ... ation.aspx, you will need one of the following:
a) Passport book
b) Government-issued driver’s license
c) Government-issued national/state/province identity card (including European ID card)
d) Military ID card

2) You can wear headphones or whatever electronic devices you want on your way to the center, but before they let you into the room, you will have to surrender all electronic devices. It's generally very very quiet in the test room, but I'm sure you could bring something like foam ear plugs if you wanted to cancel out all noise.

Finally, in an attempt to bolster your spirits, here are a few posts I wrote about attitude & emotionally orientation toward the GMAT.
a) http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/overcome-g ... y-breathe/
b) http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/beating-gmat-stress/
c) http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/the-gmat-b ... g-picture/

You may find some of the academic articles on that blog helpful as well.

Good luck to you, my friend. Let me know if you have any further questions.

Mike :)
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New post 30 May 2012, 10:05
Thank you Magoosh for your help. Just when I thought I wasn't gonna get any reply, you entered :)

I took GMATPrep Test - 2 this morning. I secured 480 (31 Q; 25 V); the review list then showed that I answered 17 incorrect questions in Quant and 22 in Verbal. (I don't understand)

I am trying to solve questions from the OG. I have 32 hours until the exam and I plan to utilize it wisely.

I could also use any last minute tips from your side.

Also, could I find any link explaining the GMAT scoring system, I am aware that its adaptive, but does it take any other factor into consideration?


Thanks and regards,
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harishkunal wrote:
Thank you Magoosh for your help. Just when I thought I wasn't gonna get any reply, you entered :)

I took GMATPrep Test - 2 this morning. I secured 480 (31 Q; 25 V); the review list then showed that I answered 17 incorrect questions in Quant and 22 in Verbal. (I don't understand). I am trying to solve questions from the OG. I have 32 hours until the exam and I plan to utilize it wisely.

I could also use any last minute tips from your side. Also, could I find any link explaining the GMAT scoring system, I am aware that its adaptive, but does it take any other factor into consideration?


Dear Harish,

First of all, on the CAT, you may find this article helpful.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/computeriz ... mat-score/

Here's an article about when to guess and when to skip, which you may find helpful:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/guessing-a ... -the-gmat/

Here's an article about the level of understanding for which to strive:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/understand ... rformance/

Other than those, you might peruse that blog (http://magoosh.com/gmat/) and glean what you can from the other articles.

I hope that helps. Best of luck to you, and let us know if you have any other last minute questions.

Mike :)
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New post 31 May 2012, 08:07
harishkunal wrote:
Thank you Magoosh for your help. Just when I thought I wasn't gonna get any reply, you entered :)

I took GMATPrep Test - 2 this morning. I secured 480 (31 Q; 25 V); the review list then showed that I answered 17 incorrect questions in Quant and 22 in Verbal. (I don't understand)

I am trying to solve questions from the OG. I have 32 hours until the exam and I plan to utilize it wisely.

I could also use any last minute tips from your side.

Also, could I find any link explaining the GMAT scoring system, I am aware that its adaptive, but does it take any other factor into consideration?


Thanks and regards,
Harish Kunal


Do not study today. Just relax and take the test tomorrow to see how it goes. I personally would not cancel the score no matter what, so you can take it again another time and do better on it.

You asked about headphones and earplugs. They are provided at the test center. Good luck.

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I had my test on 19th may here in US but since i am not citizen, I had to present my passport. They checked only passport, no other form of id. Also, I didn't carry appointment printout . They had all my information in their system.
I called them about a week before my test just to be sure that passport was required.
We get 8 mins break after awa; it seems sufficient but try to be back within 6 mins or so.
Good luck.

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I had my test on 19th may here in US but since i am not citizen, I had to present my passport. They checked only passport, no other form of id. Also, I didn't carry appointment printout . They had all my information in their system.
I called them about a week before my test just to be sure that passport was required.
We get 8 mins break after awa; it seems sufficient but try to be back within 6 mins or so.
Good luck.

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Excellent point. Breaks are shorter than we perceive them to be.

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